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The A to Z of David Bowie

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Join Marc Riley and Rob Hughes as they rifle through the fascinating world of one of the greatest rock stars the world has ever known. There'll be laughter - there'll be tears, all brought on by stories of escapades with David Bowie and friends.

Join Marc Riley and Rob Hughes as they rifle through the fascinating world of one of the greatest rock stars the world has ever known. There'll be laughter - there'll be tears, all brought on by stories of escapades with David Bowie and friends.
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Join Marc Riley and Rob Hughes as they rifle through the fascinating world of one of the greatest rock stars the world has ever known. There'll be laughter - there'll be tears, all brought on by stories of escapades with David Bowie and friends.

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English


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The A to Z of David Bowie - M Part 2

9/18/2018
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Why not treat yourself to this the latest in-depth Bowie love-in we call the A To Z Of David Bowie. This week Rob and Marc turn the spotlight on early Bowie creative outlet The Mannish Boys, The man who put Bowie in a (man’s) dress - Mr Fish, Mrs Visconti (aka Mary Hopkin)… and not forgetting the uneasy business arrangement that was the now infamous Mainman Management deal. Not for the faint hearted…

Duration:00:36:52

The A to Z of David Bowie - M Part 1 - The Man Who Sold The World

9/11/2018
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Ensconced within this slice of Bowie’s history is an unabashed celebration of DAVID’S first truly unique work. The proto Prog/ Metal beast that is THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD. It’s a 37 minute escapade riddled with torment, mental instability, new found love… and an LP cover that sent Grannies running to the hills. A Masterpiece in short. Here we also welcome our heroes Mick Ronson and Woody Woodmansey to the fold. OH MY OH MY….....

Duration:00:38:25

The A to Z of David Bowie - L Part 4

9/4/2018
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If you take an interest in this particular Bowie-fest you’ll find yourself lost in a world of Lulu, Live Aid, make-up maestro Pierre La Roche, Lazarus…and you’ll even gobble up tales of the Goblin King himself, Jareth - courtesy of the Jim Henson fantasy world of Labyrinth. Your guides on this tour as usual - Journalist cum Bowie-nut Rob Hughes, and Broadcaster cum Cashew-nut Marc Riley. Go on…GET NUTTY.

Duration:00:31:31

The A to Z of David Bowie - L Part 3

8/28/2018
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In this choc-a-block episode Rob and Marc tackle the album Lodger, lower the tone with The Lower Third, chuckle at the Laughing Gnome, and take a glance at the career of Bowie axeman Gerry Leonard…all this whilst sucking on a Lyon’s Maid Ice-lolly. It’s called Multi-tasking…all in the name of the Greatest Rock n Roll Star in the World… Ever... DAVID BOWIE.

Duration:00:31:24

The A to Zof David Bowie - L Part 2

8/21/2018
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By the year 1983 Bowie had established himself as the Crowned Prince of being Predictably Unpredictable… and in that year he unleashed one of the most unexpected stages of his career to date…as the Crowned Prince of Perfect Pop! Lets Dance saw David become of one of the biggest earners in rock. He partially conquered his fear of flying…and conquered the world. Also in this episode - the three minutes of Bowiedom that were to change Marc’s life, Ziggy + The Spiders From Mars appearance on...

Duration:00:40:24

The A to Z of David Bowie - L Part 1

8/14/2018
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This latest missive is where you can join Rob and Marc as they immerse themselves in one of Bowie’s most enigmatic and unexpected post-rock parcels, namely the album LOW. From its enigmatic front cover to the ethereal soundscapes and downright killer pop tunes, whilst taking in some decidedly ill-judged journalism. Its an eclectic Podcast escapade which features cameo appearances from a Buddhist Monk, Musical Impresario Lionel Bart...and a member of Dad’s Army. Groundbreaking I think they...

Duration:00:36:44

The A to Z of David Bowie - K Part 3

8/7/2018
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In this podcastian escapade our two Northern heroes Rob and Marc take a look at the influence heaped upon Bowie’s career by the decidedly British Ray Davies led The Kinks - and the decidedly Germanic Krautrock scene. Add to that the dystopian horror of Stanley Kubrik's adaptation of A Clockwork Orange and David’s early dalliance with ‘showbiz’ with The King Bees and you’re staring down the barrel of another top-notch peep into The World Of David Bowie. Don’t mention it!

Duration:00:32:45

The A to Z of David Bowie - K Part 2

7/31/2018
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The late 60’s proved to be the making of Bowie’s impending stardom - even if he didn't know it at the time. In this episode Marc and Rob look at the contribution made to David’s career by his first manager-proper Kenneth Pitt who’s undying support and wealth of experience helped db through an unsure part of both his personal life and his career. Also aiding and abetting David in this pursuit of fame was his undeniable stage-craft, largely taught him by the Crowned Prince of Mime Lindsay...

Duration:00:35:18

The A to Z of David Bowie - K Part 1

7/24/2018
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In this selection of Bowie related players we have a look at the legendary producer Ken Scott, early Bowie band The Konrads…and the unexpected foray into the world of television courtesy of the Buddha Of Suburbia and its author Hanif Kureshi.

Duration:00:29:43

The A to Z of David Bowie - J Part 2

7/17/2018
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The letter J could of course stand for Jealousy…but we think ‘a healthy competitive streak’ is closer to the mark - as here Rob and Marc examine the cross-pollination of Bowie and Mick Jagger… the sometimes edgy relationship with Elton John… plus we explain the importance of sometime Bowie cohorts Juniors Eyes.

Duration:00:27:35

The A to Z of David Bowie - J Part 1

7/10/2018
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This particular episode is character led…and what characters the were. There’s an un-entangling of David’s relationship with legendary DJ John Peel, there’s the strong bond of friendship that grew between Bowie and John Lennon..and the tragic story of some-would-say Bowie clone Jobriath… not for the faint hearted.

Duration:00:33:15

The A to Z of David Bowie - I Part 3

7/3/2018
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As the meander through the letter I continues, Marc and Rob take a look at bowie’s early soiree on to celluloid via the Images short-film alongside a glance at the Images cash-cow compilation…. and there’s a sample of various interviews David with with the press over the years. It should be part of the curriculum!

Duration:00:31:12

The A to Z of David Bowie - I Part 2

6/26/2018
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AYE AYE!! Why dontcha simply download this latest instalment of the db audio bible and dig deep with Rob and Marc into associations with Mott The Hoople’s head-honcho Ian Hunter… Lou Reed’s classic sleaze piece I’m Waiting For The Man… and hear Marc gloat about the fact that he saw the amazing David Bowie IS exhibition three times… or was it four…

Duration:00:34:35

The A to Z of David Bowie - I Part 1 - Iggy Pop

6/19/2018
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The whole of this episode is dedicated to a man Bowie admired from afar…then befriended… then saved… then supported…its a tale of loyalty and mutual respect… ladies and gentlemen - here Marc and Rob delve into the fascinating Iggy/ ziggy relationship…

Duration:00:36:52

The A to Z of David Bowie - H Part 4

6/11/2018
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In the 4th and final part of the letter H hear Marc and Rob's foray into all Bowie things ‘H’ related as they pussyfoot around the awkward scenario which sees Bowie’s late 60’s right-hand man Hutch become the gooseberry upon the arrival of David’s first true love Hermione Farthingale. Its like a Jilly Cooper novel but with mime. Also featured at the beleaguered db manager Ralph Horton…and Bowie’s Return To Form album ‘Hours’.

Duration:00:35:13

The A to Z of David Bowie - H Part 3

6/4/2018
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Take breather from the trials and tribulations of real life and follow Rob and Marc as they salute Bowie’s brilliant album Heathen, and fly back in time to an era when David and his ever-changing cohorts lived in a gaff called Haddon Hall and tried to set the world alight with a bit of good old fashioned Hype.

Duration:00:26:41

The A to Z of David Bowie - H Part 2

5/29/2018
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In the second part of our look at the letter H Marc and Rob come over all Germanic. Dissecting not only the decidedly Germanic’ Heroes' album - but also the decidedly even more Germanic Hansa Studio in Berlin. The thematic thread falters slightly as the ‘lads’ also take a look at Bowie’s involvement with the man who taught a young David Jones a thing or two...and even more impressively wrote the theme to the Crossroads TV soap-opera which was set in Birmingham. Welcome to the Wonderful and...

Duration:00:30:48

The A to Z of David Bowie - Hunky Dory - H Part 1

5/22/2018
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Don’t worry guys…. everything is just Hunky Dory. And when we say EVERYTHING is just HUNKY DORY we mean EVERYTHING is just HUNKY DORY… as in this Episode Rob and Marc tackle just one solitary subject… arguably the greatest album of all time - PIN UPS! ONLY JOKING.... Yes our fearless Bowie-nut twosome take on the cultural monolith that is Hunky Dory...and everything that goes with it. A game changing album that was almost forgotten as soon as it was recorded. Truth is stranger than fiction…

Duration:00:39:02

The A to Z of David Bowie - G Part 3

5/15/2018
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If you download this latest edition of Rob and Marc’s loving tribute to the greatest rock n roll star ever you’ll now will immediately receive an ‘O’ Level certificate qualifying you to talk rubbish about our David without fear of contradiction. Particularly in the subjects of Gus Dudgeon, Glass Spider, Reeves Gabrels, artist Guy Peelaert and the chap whose right hook sent Bowie’s left eye into orbit - George ‘float like a butterfly- sting like a bee’ Underwood.

Duration:00:42:50

The A to Z of David Bowie - G Part 2

5/8/2018
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This week our easily confused Podcasters Marc Riley and Rob Hughes grapple with Bowie Ivory-tickler Mike Garson, ex Taxi driver and Neo Classical bloke Philip Glass and bass supremo George Murray. There’s also a trip to Glastonbury and a profile of early David believer Bob Grace.

Duration:00:31:37